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NREM 301: Natural Resource Ecology and Soils

(Cross-listed with ENSCI). (3-3) Cr. 4. F.

Prereq: BIOL 211; BIOL 211L; (FOR 201 or a second course in biology)
Effects of environmental factors on ecosystem structure and function using forest, prairie and agricultural ecosystems as models. Special emphasis is given to soil-forming factors and the role of soil in nutrient and water cycling and ecosystem dynamics. Additional emphasis is given to human influences on natural ecosystems and the role of perennial plant communities in agricultural landscapes.